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Spartans rebound from loss to rout Raleigh Titans, 42-6

Posted: October 26, 2010 4:08 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Talk about a reversal of fortune.

One week after losing to Providence Day, 45-6, the Camden Military Academy football team turned the tables on the visiting Raleigh Titans, handing the guests a 42-6 loss on Saturday afternoon on Spartan Field.

The win gave the Spartans a 4-2 record heading into Saturday’s season finale against Prince Avenue Prep.

CMA quarterback Marlon Kelly threw for 153 yards and three touchdowns on a 7-for-7 passing afternoon in a game in which the hosts raced to a 42-0 lead before the Titans snapped the shutout with a 75-yard scoring run.

“It was a good win after a bad loss the week before,” said CMA head coach Will Rice of the victory.

“The defense played well. It was a big bounce back from the Providence Day game. We held them to negative yardage in the first quarter. You take away the 75 yards they got on the touchdown run, on the last play of the game, and we only allowed them 21 yards.”

After the CMA defense got a three-and-out to start the game, Kelly and company went to work with the quarterback capping an opening drive by calling his own number with an eight-yard scoring run. Drew Goshorn followed with the first of his six successful PAT kicks.

Coming into the contest, Rice and company were concerned about Raleigh’s size. That did not prove to be a factor once the Spartans got things rolling.

“They were fairly big along the lines. They had some good athletes up there, but we took the game over from the get-go,” Rice said. “We got a three-and-out from our defense to start the game, then we scored and we didn’t look back after that.”

Kelly made it 14-0 when he scored from a yard out after setting that up with a 39-yard completion to Trey Dean. The Spartans hiked their lead to 21-0 after the opening stanza when Kelly found John Crye with a scoring pass.

Before the first half ended, Kelly hit Stephen Thomas with scoring passes of 33 and 29 yards as the hosts carried a 35-0 lead into the locker room at intermission.

Rice said going to the air was his team’s best option after the Titans came out looking to stop the CMA ground game.

“At first, they were stacking the box on us and were gearing to take the run away,” Rice said, “that just opened up the passing game for us.

“Our quarterbacks were sharp. They didn’t miss a pass all day. Blake Holmes, our backup, 2-for-2. They were both crisp in throwing the ball.”

The hosts went on top by 42 points when tailback Bruce Smith found the end zone from 15 yards out in the third quarter.

While the offense was pulling up big numbers, the Spartan defense was holding the guests in check.

“Before the game,” Rice said, “we talked about when the defense was going to step up and assert itself. They did a good job with that. We still need to focus more on wrapping up. But, it was still a huge improvement over last game.”

One key, Rice later said, was not allowing the guests to hang around for long.

 “You always want to put somebody, who you think you can beat, away early so they can’t get any confidence,” he said. “It was important that we put them away by halftime”

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